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Safety Academy

Accidents represent operational inefficiencies, waste, and many times, failure. Unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, and accidents in general are all symptoms of safety program deficiencies. And, one key component of any successful workers compensation program is an aggressive safety program. Our philosophy is simple: The best way to reduce the total cost of accidents is to prevent accidents.

The AWB CompWise Retro Program offers courses for safety and non-safety professionals who wish to increase their safety knowledge and effectiveness in developing and administering safety programs with their company. The Safety Academy provides you with access to a wide range of educational topics and tools to help you implement and run a successful safety program.

Our presenters are seasoned safety and loss control professionals with extensive experience providing proven risk control strategies. As testimony, here’s some feedback from a few Safety Academy participants:

“The education is very useful. I can take the material and use it the same day. There is an abundance of resources and sharing of ideas.”

“The safety classes provided me with the skills and resources to be proactive with safety issues at my plant. The instruction and networking with others was very rewarding.”

Safety Academy classes are offered throughout the year. For your convenience, the sessions are presented online via a WebEx format with the webinars typically being an hour and a half in duration. Some of the topics offered this past year have included Hazard Communications, Respiratory Protection, Lockout Tagout, Overhead Crane Safety and Industrial Ergonomics. The topics are carefully selected based upon findings from on-site loss control consultations, needs expressed by employers, and injury trends identified from claims of CompWise and Forterra members.

Our schedule of course topics and dates for the second quarter of 2019 is listed below.

Mark your calendars!

  • Topic: A Legal Perspective: Injury Fraud and Liability
    Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:00am PST

  • Topic: Safety Management: Identifying Your ROI and Success
    Thursday, May 16, 2019 9:00am PST

  • Topic: Workplace Violence: Preparing for Response and Prevention
    June 2019, Date and Time TBD

Listed below are other topics being you might see in 2019:

  • Accident Investigation – Getting to the Root Cause

  • Job Hazard Analysis - The Value of a JHA Before Starting the Task

  • Behavioral Based Safety – The Psychology of Safety

  • Supervisor Safety Management

To enroll in Safety Academy webinars, please contact Karen Wiehn, of Risk Services, at

The Safety Academy attendance is open to any employer. It is free of charge for authorized employers participating in the Manufacturing Group within the AWB CompWise Retro Program and to Forterra employers. If your company is not a current manufacturing group or Forterra member, please contact Karen about applicable registration fees.

To request information about the webinars, to suggest a topic, or to inquire about onsite safety services or assistance with your occupational safety and health program, plans or loss controls, contact Laura Oslund, our Risk Services Consultant for Washington State, at

We look forward to having you join us at the Safety Academy!

© Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. The safety information provided by the Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Risk Services Practice under the CompWise Program is purely advisory. The information herein is not intended to ensure compliance with any local, state or federal codes or standards. It is designed to assist in the prevention of loss due to identified hazards. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. accepts no responsibility for the completeness, accuracy or effectiveness of the information provided.